The Bible teaches that local churches should appoint leaders to serve the congregation. These include elders, who are also called overseers (bishops) and shepherds (pastors) [see Acts 20:17, 28]. Their role is to lead the flock by example and persuasion, so they must be men with a good understanding of the scriptures, that they can teach others and warn against dangers. But, they are not to be law-makers (lords – 1 Peter 5:3), as that role belongs to Jesus, the Chief Shepherd. This requires men of humility, who do not wish to control all things – Titus 1:5-9.
These are the elders, Eddie Pagan (left) and Charlie Farmer (right):
Local churches also need servants (deacons) who can see that various needs of the church and its members are supplied. These are tested and trustworthy disciples who have proven themselves to be useful (1 Timothy 3:8-13).
These are our deacons, Larry Curtis and Jeff Johnson, respectively:
Local churches may also support a man to proclaim the message of God in their community (1 Corinthians 9:1-14).
Eddie Pagan also works as our preacher: